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Sort order. May 06, Fabian rated it really liked it. Ok, so I did not read this in French and therefore am afraid that a bunch of the wit got lost in translation. There is enough however despite the full-on mastery of a language in this whimsical play that is universal here to still feel relevant. It's so impressively relevant in fact, some years after it was written, that I suffered chills and, better yet, muffled many laughs!!
Moliere must be the Oscar Wilde of his country or is it the other way around? Indeed the structure of this v Ok, so I did not read this in French and therefore am afraid that a bunch of the wit got lost in translation. It is a fun read which questions whether the bourgeois are really "all that. View all 3 comments. Feb 26, TS rated it it was amazing Shelves: satire-at-its-best , 5-stars , due-for-a-reread , read-in-french , laugh-out-loud , read-for-school. View all 4 comments.
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I hate my French class but this was actually really funny. Besides that, this is a really fun French play I hate my French class but this was actually really funny. May 29, David Sarkies rated it liked it Recommends it for: People who like a good laugh.
Shelves: comedy. A farcical attempt to climb the social ladder 31 May This is a play about a middle class merchant whose goal in life is to become a member of the aristocracy and he tries many things, including arranging his daughter's marriage, to achieve that goal. In a way this desire is almost an obsession, and his friends take advantage of this by playing a joke on him: they pretend to be members of the Turkish court and bestow him with the title of Paladin. The desire to better oneself socially and to A farcical attempt to climb the social ladder 31 May This is a play about a middle class merchant whose goal in life is to become a member of the aristocracy and he tries many things, including arranging his daughter's marriage, to achieve that goal.
The desire to better oneself socially and to raise oneself up the social ladder as been with us since time began and while we no longer have the aristocracy, we do have an elite ruling class of which many people desire to be a part. In a way it is a middle-class phenomena with somebody not happy with the fortunate lot they have in life and desiring more, and doing whatever they can to get there.
In some cases, such as this play, there are rather comic results, but in other places, such as The Great Gatsby, the results are disasterous. The desire to be a member of the aristocracy is purely a social desire. People of the middle class tend to have their luxuries I know I have while not having ridiculous amounts of wealth. The wealth is only a part of it, the desire is to be noticed among the people that matter, and to be looked at with envy by those who do not.
I can't say that I have necessarily interacted to a large extent with the ruling elite of my society, though in the corporate world they do come and go, and they do throw parties for us. I have sipped champagne at the races in a marquis with high profile lawyers, and have hated it. I have also sat on buses travelling through the fashionable streets in Naples and have felt a depression come over me that I would never be wealthy enough to shop there, yet not realising that there are many people here in Australia that will never have a chance of going on a bus ride through Naples.
I have spoken to people who drive expensive cars, and have even been in them, and an envy rises up inside of me until I realise that I don't actually want to spend money that I don't need to on a car that I don't want. Okay, some of these cars are really nice, but others of them are simply horrible. When I was in Milan our travel agent had booked us at a five star hotel and I thought it was simply way over the top.
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To me huge marble foyers and chandeliers don't make me feel important, but rather take resources away from people who need them. For instance, when we went to breakfast I saw a smorgasbord of food and a handful of people eating it and I said to myself, 'is that all going to waste'. My brother looked at all the food and then did what he always does: poured himself a bowl of cornflakes. Mind you, the only thing I like about diamonds is that people will pay ridiculous amounts of money for them, and they are a good store of value.
However, the catch is that they don't pay any interest, therefore you have no income stream. Jun 07, Realini rated it really liked it. I laughed and enjoyed the sarcasm. On the other hand, there are some features of the poor Bourgeois Gentilhomme that made me pity him and even more at times, empathise with him.
He goes as far as to be shaved, in an age of plenty of chevelure, if not real, at least from a large whig.
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He is mocked, in the name of a Turkish ritual. But there are still some traits of Le Bourgeois that should be celebrated, instead of laughed at.
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His desire to learn philosophy, music and dance is laudable, although the satire seems to paint an image of a man who is so stupid, that we come to resent everything he does. We laugh when Jourdain learns about prose and poetry. He did not know that, for the last twenty years he had been making He is enticed by the philosophy professor when they are talking about vowels. Then , I feel compassion when I see how badly hurt Jourdain is.
In a comedy, things like that have to happen: especially in slap comedy and Le Bourgeois feels like such a genre of humor at times. At other moments, I felt i was reading Vanity Fair. Various characters take advantage, mock or laugh at Jourdain, but in my eyes they do not come off so much better than the negative hero. Today we have Jourdains everywhere: in politics, where they pretend they are noble and have the purest aspirations, but then thy are dragged off to jail for corruption.
Drivers of fancy and cheap jalopy cars alike feel they pass a fly, a bee when they speed past me. With the traffic jams we have, it is quite often the opposite, but still -the feeling of superiority, for having the means to burn gas, own lots of metal and plastic, be able to throw someone off the road, seem to make them View 2 comments.
This play is about years old and yet it feels contemporary -- especially these day, in the US May 12, Sara Aouichi rated it liked it. Good for french class! View 1 comment. Truly a very amusing play. However, I think it is better to go see this play, to really appreciate the scenes, the dances, the music, and the jokes all around. Mar 23, Ben rated it it was amazing. Jourdain, the title character of this play "The Bourgeois Gentleman," or sometimes translated as "The Would-Be Gentleman" as a fool, a caricature obsessed with social standing similar to Dandin, but more clearly so in this work.
This bourgeois shopkeeper wants badly to be recognized as a member of the aristocracy, but he is extremely superficial, wanting to be a part of this class by image and reputation only. He is duped by artists seeking his patronage, seeks to enhance his knowledge by the help of a philosopher who teaches him only the movements the mouth makes when saying letters of the alphabet and the difference between prose and verse, as Jourdain is unconcerned with any deeper issues, such as logic or moral philosophy, finding them too tedious.
If George Dandin was an unsympathetic fool, M. Jourdain is a complete jackass and it is at his expense that we laugh throughout. By the time of Proust, years later or so, this latter group still captivated the imaginations of great writers, but their world had all but faded away. Sep 14, Sergei Moska rated it liked it. I'd give this somewhere between three and four stars. In the final act, the main character gets duped by purported "Turks", and the comedy certainly comes from 1 his credulity, 2 his pomposity, and 3 the fact that he is not acting according to his "proper" station in life.
Leaving aside the fact that Moliere is celebrating ossified social h I'd give this somewhere between three and four stars. Leaving aside the fact that Moliere is celebrating ossified social hierarchies, my enjoyment of the play diminishes a lot when I think that another part of the comedy comes from 4 the audience's laughter at the heavy-handed stereotypes. This isn't for PC reasons - it's because it cheapens the comedic integrity. The latter just reminds me of a really embarrassing dinner at an aunt's Sep 26, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , french-lit , plays.
Wow, another great play from Moliere! This one rivals Tartuffe the most in my opinion as the best play he wrote, because I was really engaged with this one. Moliere is a master of wit in almost any situation; he is, in my opinion, a master satirist. The Gentleman in Spite of Himself is a play about the bourgeoisie trying to act as the upper class.
For a majority of the play, the main character is seen having lessons from multiple teachers of fine arts, inlcuding dance, music, fenicng, and philos Wow, another great play from Moliere!
For a majority of the play, the main character is seen having lessons from multiple teachers of fine arts, inlcuding dance, music, fenicng, and philosophy. His encounters and manners are hilarious to read about, and probably even more hilarious to see perfomed. This is obviously a mockery of the middle class; while being scathing in nature, it is just a funny farce that presents some of the real trends of the time.